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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The Deep Ellum Tunnel
The Deep Ellum Tunnel
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created by Explorer Zero on 5/14/2007 5:44 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 9/20/2014 7:37 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Two underground concrete highway tunnels (below grade underpass) with four lanes of traffic and a pedestrian walkway about 350 feet long
 Basic Information
Type: Tunnel
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: varies
Recommendation: forget it its gone
 Physical Information

Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
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  •  Hazards
  • debris, fall hazards, panhandlers
  •  Interesting Features
    Solid old school concrete construction with abundant steel reinforcement

    Cool murals by some local artists, close encounters with bums which some may find interesting

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • construction security driving a light green pick up with W on the side 24/7, maybe DART security now too
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1931
    Closed: 2007
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    The Good Latimer Expressway tunnel(s) has been labled a landmark and gateway to the trendy art and music district of Dallas called Deep Ellum.

    Deep Ellum got its name from the local inhabitants mis-pronunciation of the word elm, as in Elm Street. The area became a mecca for blues and jazz followers during the 1920s and 30s with several well known venues and neighborhood bars. When that music died so to speak, the area became run-down and ugly. Just so many blocks of abandoned warehouses, machine shops and dingey little factories. In the 1990s "urban revitalization" was all the buzz and a new generation of music lovers helped put Deep Ellum back at the top as a hip if not slightly grundgey night life and entertainment destination.

    Originally this tunnel was just a two lane underpass of State Hwy 559 and the Texas & Pacific Rail Road. The narrow somewhat hazardous expressway was widened to four lanes in 1987 by the addition of the second tunnel on the northbound lanes. The original tunnel contained a pedestrian walkway, the newer northbound side did not. The construction method of the old tunnel included a multiple structural support arches while the newer less obstructive open span style was utilized on the northbound tunnel.

    The walls have always been covered in graffiti as far back as I can remember (the 1960s) so the city finally got tired of cleaning it off and decided to block off the street for several days and allow legitimate artists (even some reputed graffiti artists) to paint the entire surface with murals instead. Some of their work was amazing.

    The increasing homeless population and close proximity to beer and liquor stores made the tunnel a convenient out-of-the weather shelter for vagrants and winos of all descriptions. This made walking through here at night more than most Deep Ellum patrons were prepared to deal with. The walkway itself was literally covered in filth that collected and pooled in the low spots adding a permanent a foul distinctive odor to the cool and dark dampness of the sheltered tunnel.

    In 2007 DART announced the Good Latimer tunnels would be imploded to make way for a new light rail station. But after several attempts and getting a second look at the overbuilt concrete construction I think they just decided to fill it in and cover it up.

    The bum tunnel, that graffiti tunnel, by whatever name you knew it, most Dallasites considered the Good Latimer Tunnel an eyesore and a hazardous location but in any case it will all be gone soon so you might try to make it down here before the last remnants of the murals are covered up with dirt.

    And if you dont make it, next time youre standing at the new DART station at least you'll know whats buried down there beneath your feet.
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    Another DART light rail station

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    2007 demolishment
    Mon, May 14th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    10 pictures
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    2005 point & shoot art
    Mon, May 14th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
    15 pictures
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    Tue, Dec 4th, 2007
    posted by Barry Kooda
    22 pictures
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    Cross-over sport
    Sat, Sep 20th, 2014
    posted by Explorer Zero
    1 pictures

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     Web Links
    47 page Power Point presentation on the DART project

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    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 9/21/2014 12:53 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 21 14 at 0:53, Opheliaism validated this location
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